Eastern Shore Environmental Education Council
The Eastern Shore Environmental Education Council (EE Council) was started by the Eastern Shore SWCD and is a network of partners who work together to educate local citizens about the natural resources on the Eastern Shore of VA and methods to protect and conserve them for future generations. The Eastern Shore EEC is a regional team of the Virginia Association for Environmental Education. Membership is composed of local representatives from over 30 organizations involved with environmental issues on the Eastern Shore. The EE Council is recognized in the community for its support of a wide variety of environmental projects and has gained a reputation for being one of the strongest education councils in the State.
Events, Publications, and Scholarships organized and sponsored by the EE Council:
Shore Outdoors: Annually the EE Council with the support and funding of Eastern Shore SWCD creates and publishes the newspaper insert, Shore Outdoors. Throughout the years it has taken on a variety of forms and topics. The insert includes articles, activities and at home experiments. Shore Outdoors is made possible through organizations like Assateague Island National Seashore, The Natural Resources Conservation Service, Chincoteague Bay Field Station, Eastern Shore SWCD, VA Master Naturalists, Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center and many more. CLICK HERE to read the most recent Shore Outdoors published in the October 2019 edition of Eastern Shore First.
Watershed Festival: A successful Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) includes activities both within and outside of the classroom, often including full-day field experiences outside of school. The EE Council sponsors the Watershed Festival which meets current MWEE requirements. This educational festival focuses on aquatic and biological activities demonstrating our relationship to the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The participating exhibitors are organizations and governmental agencies who work with schools and VA Science Standards of Learning (SOLs) along with how citizens can protect their watersheds thus protecting our local wildlife, migratory birds, groundwater and soil quality. The Watershed Festival also focuses on an appreciation of the Shore’s natural and cultural heritage. Each year the festival is held for all sixth graders in Accomack and Northampton Counties.
Ellis - Humphreys Memorial Camp Scholarship: In 2019 the EE Council wanted to recognize the passion for environmental education and the wonderful work that Tamsey Ellis and Jack Humphreys had for the Eastern Shore community and beyond. Each year the EE Council will sponsor one camper to a local, nature-based day camp. CLICK HERE for the Scholarship Application.